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gazebo ackermann car simulation

asked 2011-06-15 02:03:51 -0600

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updated 2014-01-28 17:09:51 -0600

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I'm currently planning to set up a gazebo simulation for an ackermann steering vehicle (mainly with the intention to work on non-holonomic path-planning). Does anyone know if there are some urdf descriptions for such a car available somewhere?


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answered 2011-06-15 05:54:49 -0600

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I have created a URDF file for a Traxxas E-Maxx four-wheel-drive RC truck, along with Gazebo plug-ins to simulate shock absorbers, the steering servo, and the ESC. I'll put these items in a package and publish them.

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Thanks for your answers! I digged in a bit deeper into the topic (still quite new to ROS) with the help of the ackermann example urdf file and would now have to start writing the controller plugin. But the model in the thread posted by Bemfica is VERY simple and I'm aiming for an a bit more sophisticated model. So let me know when and under which name you'll gonna publish your items, I'd really appreciate getting some more input on how to model all this (shock absorbers, maybe tire characteristics, etc.) Thanks!
uschwes gravatar image uschwes  ( 2011-06-16 01:08:11 -0600 )edit

Hey Jim,

Have you ever gotten around to publishing a package for your RC truck? I was trying to search for it but couldn't find it.

Thanks, Thomas

ThomasK gravatar image ThomasK  ( 2012-10-26 10:40:08 -0600 )edit
Jim Rothrock gravatar image Jim Rothrock  ( 2012-11-26 07:04:49 -0600 )edit

Hey Jim I'm working on a model of an ackermann steering vehicle and would like to look into your files to get an idea how to implement a controller for the ackermann steering. Unfortunately your package doesn't exist anymore. Would it be possible to upload your package again? Thanks in advance Gleb

gleb gravatar image gleb  ( 2016-08-16 05:27:36 -0600 )edit

Hey Jim. How would you use your package with a different model? (for example the polaris ranger ev that is in the gazebo database)

H_Gottlieb gravatar image H_Gottlieb  ( 2017-01-15 20:36:37 -0600 )edit

answered 2011-06-15 02:28:31 -0600

Bemfica gravatar image

maybe take a look at this question.

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